The old adage “happiness is the key to success” is, believe it or not, more than a mere banality. It is vitally important that a worker find happiness at the workplace– studies have shown that those who find ways to be happier at work are often more successful than those who do not. So, the key to success at your job is happiness– simple, right?
Not so fast. Sometimes, finding happiness at work might seem like it’s impossible. Many of us often face looming deadlines, tough bosses and never ending tasks and projects. But, the good news is that there are simple exercises that you can do (both at work and at home) that can help you stay happy at work and, consequently, raise your level of success.
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How to Be Happier at Work!
basic and effective ways to find more happiness at work- even if it’s not your dream job! **Hint: being happier at work can help boost your career! Unfortunately, most people do not wake up every morning and go to their dream job. Luckily, being happy at work and happy at home do not have to be mutually exclusive. There has been a recent shift in psychology, as scientists have begun studying what makes people happy rather than what their problems are Also known as “positive psychology”. The Basics: 1. delighted, pleased, or glad,as over a particular thing. 2. characterized by or indicative of pleasure, contentment, or joy. Happiness is relative. However, the aim of positive psychology is to find common things or practices that make most people happier. Martin Seligman is considered the ‘Father of Positive Psychology’ He shifted the focus from “what’s wrong with you” and making the “troubled less troubled” To “How can we live our BEST lives?” and noted that the ‘absence of illness is not wellness.’ 40% of your happiness is a result of your own choices, thoughts and actions 50% of it comes from your genetic setpoint (we’re all born with a certain set-level of happiness) 10% comes from life circumstances (job, marital status, health level, etc.). To be happier, we simply need to shift our mindset: Don’t get stuck on the hedonic treadmill — defined as: The tendency of a person to remain at a relatively stable level of happiness despite a change in fortune or the achievement of major goals. I’ll be happier when I get a raise… Or maybe when I buy a new house… Maybe I’ll be happy when I get a new car…ie, What we THINK makes us happy vs. what actually makes us happy Don’t get caught placing happiness on the other side of “when!” “For untold generations, we have been led to believe that happiness orbited around success. That if we work hard enough, we will become successful, and only if we are successful we will become happy.” -Sean Achor, The Happiness Advantage Turns out: “Scientific research shows happier people do better in virtually every sphere of life. Happier people live longer, have better relationships, and are more resilient than unhappy people. They have higher immune systems, perform better, are more engaged, sell more, and live longer. Happiness predicts success.” Practices for Happier Days! Use these simple exercises to help experience more happiness! Spend time figuring out what your true strengths are and focus on those: We spend a lot of time at work overcoming our weaknesses or areas we don’t naturally thrive at. Research shows that people who focus on their strengths and utilize them in their everyday work perform better and are happier in their jobs. Go to www.viasurvey.org or www.authentichappiness.org and re-craft your present duties to leverage your signature strengths! Find your Flow: A concept by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Flow is a positive emotion about the present with no conscious thought or feeling attached “Flow occurs when the challenges you face perfectly mesh with your abilities to meet them. When you recognize that these abilities include not merely your talents but your strengths and vitues, the implications for what work to choose or how to re-craft it become clear.” Martin Seligman, Authentic Happiness Finding your flow is as simple as turning your passion into an action. The Tetris Effect Due to our natural negativity bias, the ratio of positive thoughts needed to outweigh one bad thought is 3:1 Therefore, if you think of 3 positive things that have happened to you throughout your day, your brain becomes more skilled at noticing and focusing on possible opportunities- both personal and professional. Random acts of kindness: People who regularly perform random acts of kindness showed higher levels of happiness than those who did not. Here are a few ideas: – Buy a small gift for someone just because. – Send someone a card or put a $5 gift card on someone’s desk. – Donate to a charitable cause that is meaningful to you (either your time or money. – Buy coffee/lunch for the person behind you in line. – Buy someone flowers. – Give a book to someone. – Do something nice for your neighbor. – Leave random notes for people. – Scrape snow/ice off someone’s car. – Let someone go in front of you in line. – Tape some money to a vending machine with a note that it’s for anyone who is short on change. – Pay someone’s bill at a restaurant. Express Gratitude: Train yourself to ask, “What’s right or good about my current situation?” or “What makes me lucky to be here?” Try replacing “I have to…” with “I get to…” for example: “I have to go to work today” turns into…”I get to get to a job that allows me to pay my bills and provide food for my family!” You can also: – Keep a journal – Express it with your family – Write a ‘gratitude letter’ to someone who has meant a lot to you and read it to them IN PERSON – Send a note/small token of appreciation. Get Moving: Exercise! Studies and research have shown that people who regularly exercise are healthier and happier than those who don’t. Exercise releases ‘mood-boosting’ endorphins and also helps lower levels of cortisol, a stress hormone that can cause depression and anxiety. You won’t get anywhere if you don’t know where you’re going. – Be specific, use present tense and have a “by-when” date – Ex: “I will pay off a student loan by August 31, 2015” – Put them where you will see them often – Tell someone! Have an ‘accountability partner’ that you can check in with and vice versa. Think BIG & Be Creative Create your own objectives and goals when heading into a meeting or presentation. What do you want to see yourself achieve in the next 5 years? 10 years? Write your goals down to see how far you’ve come. Once you know where you want to be, the smaller steps will fall into place along your way and you’ll be able to see clearly what has been holding you back. – Learn 3 new things by the end of each presentation you sit in on. – What can you learn from the speaker? – How would you have presented this idea differently? BE MORE PRESENT: Be conscious of the way you interact with those around you. How are you connecting with your family? How many iPhones are on the table at dinner? Are you actually watching the sunset, or busy Instagramming it? The #1 predictor of well-being is strong social ties and connections and how we spend time with the people we care about the most! Factor Finders can help your small business secure the working capital it needs to grow! Call us today! http://www.factorfinders.com/1-855-FACTOR-1
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